Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)


David1 month ago1 min read

Is CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) something that you’ve considered or even used in the teaching and learning of languages?

It’s an idea which does seem to keep circulating in and out of the conversation on effective methods of foreign language learning. A lot of it comes down to detailed planning and collaboration with colleagues across subject areas, which may take even the most experienced language teacher out of their comfort zone.

In CLIL “teaching is organized around the content… rather than around a linguistic or other type of syllabus” (Richards & Rogers, 2016). This means that the content and the targeted language are equally important in the learning process.


Sanako’s network of Language Ambassadorshave been putting together their ideas on the topic for our free handbook on current language teaching methods.

“Language teachers should not be put off using CLIL just because it is used for subject teaching. The point is not to be an expert in a targeted matter, for example, biology, as you, the language teacher, can add the CLIL approach in a lesson hour.” – Sanako Language Ambassadors

Some of the top methods to combine language and content include:

  • keeping a balance between language and content
  • plan to combine all four language skills
  • using scaffolding techniques

More detail is included in a completely free handbook from Sanako containing loads of useful information on a range of ideas – it’s available, just by visiting this link.